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Acer Aspire 8943G

Specifications

Acer Aspire 8943G
Acer Aspire 8943G (Aspire 8943G Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-820QM 4 x 1.7 - 3.1 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Display
18.40 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, glossy: yes
Weight
4.6 kg ( = 162.26 oz / 10.14 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1700 Euro

 

Price comparison

Average Score: 76.77% - good
Average of 13 scores (from 20 reviews)
price: 73%, performance: 90%, features: 83%, display: 60% mobility: 73%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 50%

Reviews for the Acer Aspire 8943G

70% Acer Aspire 8943G review
Source: Tech Advisor English Archive.org version
The Acer Aspire 8943G is a ridiculously big laptop that you'll either love or hate for its outlandishness - UPDATED 5 NOV 2010
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80%
60% Acer Aspire 8943G (ZYA) notebook
Source: Good Gear Guide English Archive.org version
Around the edges of the Aspire, you'll find the afore-mentioned Blu-ray drive, as well as four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, FireWire, eSATA/USB 2.0, an SD card slot and microphone and speaker audio connections. The unit also has a fingerprint reader and a webcam. We wish it had an ExpressCard slot, which could come in handy if you ever want to add USB 3.0, for example, but overall it's a great set of features.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/04/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
As a stylish, big-screen media centre for enjoying high-definition entertainment, the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G is a fantastic laptop and effortlessly puts many of its rivals in the shade. At such a high price, however, we expected an equally unbeatable level of performance and, unfortunately, the Acer failed to deliver.If you're seeking a feature-packed desktop replacement to future-proof you against the years ahead, there's no denying that this is a great laptop to choose just bear in mind that you can get similar power for far less money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/28/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Acer Aspire 8943G (updated)
Source: PC Authority English Archive.org version
The drawback is that astonishing price. Admittedly, this is the bells-and-whistles specification of the Aspire 8943G, but that's still a lot of cash. The power partly justifies this and the feature set is impressive, but the issues with the screen and touchpad leave us wary about spending such a massive sum on what is still essentially a laptop, albeit a monster of a one.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/24/2010
Rating: price: 60% performance: 100% features: 60%
80% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While the Aspire Ethos 8943G delivered slightly less impressive performance than we expected, there's no denying the quality and usability it provides. If you're after a big-screen media centre and money is no option, there's lots to like.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Acer Aspire 8943G review
Source: CNet English Archive.org version
The Acer Aspire 8943G laptop is built to satisfy all your multimedia desires. With its huge, 18.4-inch, 1080p screen, Blu-ray drive, fast graphics chip and beefy processor, it's more than capable of rivalling most desktop PCs when it comes to watching movies and gaming. The 18.4-inch Acer Aspire 8943G multimedia laptop is expensive, but its stunning range of features and impressive performance largely justify the hefty outlay.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
Acer - Aspire Ethos 8943G review
Source: IT Reviews English Archive.org version
Acer's Aspire Ethos 8943G is a true desktop replacement. The quad-core processor, discrete graphics and extra-large screen work well together, creating a laptop that's as happy video-editing as it is gaming. Sure, the price tag is pretty high, but you certainly get a lot for your money and you'd be hard pushed to find similarly-specified alternatives that are any cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/16/2010
Rating: price: 80%
50% Acer Aspire 8943G
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
Aside from the wireless issue, the $1,599 Acer Aspire 8943G pleases with its combination of a clean, modern design and multimedia maven-pleasing features. Though the Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q890 is a better performer in the 18-inch category, it's less attractive and costs $1,899. If you're looking to save a little cash and don't need the extra power, the Aspire 8943G is a good choice. However, until Acer resolves the sporadic wireless connectivity, we can't recommend this system. We'll update our review once a fix from the company becomes available.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 50%
75% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop
Source: Reg Hardware English Archive.org version
Acer’s done a good job with the Ethos – it looks great and performs well. Of course, the fast processor, large screen, Blu-ray drive and fancy design don’t come cheap, and many will baulk at the price tag Acer’s slapped on it. That said, it’s in line with similar 18.4in offerings, such as HP’s dv8-1110ea that retails for around the same price. If you want to ditch your desktop and can afford it, Acer’s Aspire Ethos 8943G is definitely worth a close look.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/29/2010
Rating: Total score: 75%
83% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review
Source: PC Pro English Archive.org version
Huge, fast and crammed with entertainment features, but it certainly doesn't come cheap.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 50% performance: 83% features: 83%
70% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English Archive.org version
It has the features and no shortage of design flair, but the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G is ultimately a bittersweet affair. It might make a better case for itself in cheaper configurations, but there are still fundamental issues to iron out.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% performance: 80% features: 90% mobility: 70%
90% Acer Aspire 8943g
Source: Computer Shopper English Archive.org version
The Acer Aspire 8943g has the power and components to satisfy multimedia enthusiasts and gamers alike. From its drop-dead-gorgeous 18.4-inch 1080p screen and Blu-ray drive to its Core i7 CPU and ATI graphics chip, there’s a lot to love here. Entertainment laptop meets gaming rig in this Aspire: You get very good performance on all fronts, especially if you need a combined playtime/workday PC.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
Acer Aspire 8943G, a gigantic and powerful laptop at a reasonable price
Source: PC Authority English Archive.org version
The Acer Aspire 8943G is a desktop replacement in an almost literal sense - you'll barely be able to see any desk behind it. A gigantic 18.4in display means the chassis measures 440mm across and weighs more than 4kg, so it's good for the occasional trip up and down the stairs at home but not much else.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/28/2010
Rating: price: 100% performance: 100% features: 100% mobility: 80%
80% Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
Acer's Aspire Ethos 8943G is built to entertain, with an impressive Full HD screen and built-in 5.1 surround-sound speakers. A solid range of features and quality build make this a superb desktop replacement.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/29/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

100% Design Individualisten im Test
Source: e-media - 11/10 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 80% performance: 96% mobility: 60%
Alu-Jumbo
Source: c't - 13/10 German
Single Review, , Long, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: performance: 90% features: 80% display: 70% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%
80% Acer Ethos 8943G
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Acer Aspire 8943g
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2010
Rating: display: 50% emissions: 40%
Acer Aspire 8943G - stylový multimediál
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/27/2010
Rating: performance: 80% emissions: 30%
Ревю на Acer Aspire 8943G – “Ethos”
Source: PC Store BU→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/06/2010
Rating: price: 80%

Comment

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850:

The HD 5850 is a slower clocked HD 5870 and is reliant on fast GDDR5 memory to perform in the high-end segment. It is based on the Desktop HD 5770 chip but with a lower clock speed.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


820QM:

The Core i7-820QM is a high-end quad core CPU for laptops that clocks due to the Turbo Mode from 1.73-3.06 GHz. Therefore, the processor combines the advantages of fast single core CPUs and slow quad-core CPUs. Hyperthreading allows the simultaneous use of 8 Threads in parallel. 

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


18.40": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


4.6 kg:

A laptop in this weight range is a heavyweight that you rarely carry around. This is meant for desktops and the devices tend to score with a large display and high performance and replace desktop devices.


Acer: In 1976, the company was founded in Taiwan under the name Multitech and was renamed Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors, TVs and computer peripherals. Since 2007, the group has merged with Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell, which also market their own laptop product lines.

Acer computers are designed for a variety of purposes, including ultrabooks for mobile use, gaming laptops for gamers, affordable options for everyday tasks, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops for versatility. Acer's product portfolio also includes tablets that offer portable computing and multimedia capabilities.


76.77%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Current Prices
Stefan Hinum, 2010-05-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)